Jeremy Price’s young Springdale team dropped its fifth straight game Friday, falling to Van Buren, 47-34, behind Jordan West’s game-high 18 points.
The Red’Dogs currently sit on the outside looking into the state tournament as the final week of the regular season begins. At 6-18 and 3-9 in league play, Springdale is still only a game behind Bentonville West in the standings with two games left, though. They’ll need luck on their side to get in.
The Lady Red’Dogs had another setback at home Friday, losing to Jamilyn Kinney and Van Buren, 52-32. Springdale struggled mightily offensively, especially in the first quarter. The Lady Red’Dogs trailed 15-0 after one and face another tough test Tuesday.
Here is what’s happening at Springdale High this week:
There’s still a shot Springdale can sneak into the state tournament, but it’s going to take a lot of work and some luck as well. Bentonville West would have to lose its final two games and Springdale knock off Fayetteville on the road and Rogers High at home.
West travels to Rogers Tuesday and hosts Bentonville High Friday to cap the conference schedule. Springdale, meanwhile, faces a surging Purple’Dogs club Tuesday and winless Rogers Friday in Bulldog Gymnasium.
Junior forward Carl Fitch has been steady for Springdale throughout the conference season. Fitch has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games, and is averaging 14 points. He scored 18 points in the Red’Dogs’ previous loss to Fayetteville at home, and 12 points in a 19-point win at Rogers to close the first half of conference play.
Edwin Aquino played his two best games in conference the last time Springdale faced this week’s opponents. The guard scored 11 points against Fayetteville and a league-best 14 points at Rogers.
A second, and even a third, scoring option to aide Fitch would be a big lift for Springdale.
It’s puzzling to even Heather Hunsucker that her club has more than twice as many road wins as home wins. Springdale, 7-5 in league play, is 5-1 away from home and 2-4 on its home floor.
The Lady Red’Dogs travel to Fayetteville High (25-2, 12-0) Tuesday and host Rogers High Friday night, which could be a matchup determining seeding for the state tournament.
Springdale and Rogers both sit at 7-5 entering the final week, but the Lady Red’Dogs hold a 10-point road win over the Lady Mounties from the first half of conference.
Friday’s loss to Van Buren marked the first time in conference sophomore Marquesha Davis was held under 10 points. She did, though, score nine points and grab 12 rebounds. She’s averaging 15.3 points and nine rebounds per game in the 7A-West. Ashlyn Minchew also added nine points in Friday’s loss.
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